The Mariners pitchers walked seven batters on Wednesday in a 7-6 loss to the Rangers, who for the second consecutive night denied Seattle the opportunity to reach Houston at the top of the AL West. .
James Paxton not Wednesday night. He walked four Texas Rangers in five innings.
Dan Altavilla, the first reliever out of the Mariners bullpen, was not particularly sharp on Wednesday night. Ryan Cook was not either. Neither Marc Rzepczynski.
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Mariners pitching walked seven hitters on Wednesday in a 7-6 loss against the Rangers, who for the second night in a row denied Seattle the chance to catch the Houston Astros at the top of the AL West.
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Tuesday night, the Rangers won the second game of the four-game series by taking advantage of the eight walks pitched by the Mariners' pitchers. That resulted in a 9-5 victory in Texas.
It was … walking, walking, walking, walking, wa-wakemewhenit & # 39; sover … more or less the same Wednesday.
"The last few nights … our bullpen really ran away," said manager Scott Servais. "It's been the throwing of punches, it's been the walks that have helped us a bit, and they create big tickets and a lot of traffic … We're a little careless with the rides, which has hurt us."
Brilliant in his first five starts in May, Paxton could not close the month with the same kind of untouchable dominance that made him one of the most improved baseball pitchers this season.
He was retired after five innings, having allowed two earned runs on four hits. He struck out five, but he struggled to command his off-speed pitches at times, walking four.
"I definitely did not feel very well today," Paxton said. "The curve took me out of some situations, it was good, I hung some cutters today that were not very good, the location of the line was irregular, it just was not my best record, I was not really driving in the area today."
Paxton came out with a 4-2 lead. He was able to solve a problem of not accumulating full bases in the fifth inning, which included a 13-pitch pbad to Hanser Alberto, who fouled nine times in the at-bat. After the heavy work load in that entry, and after such a crippling May, Servais and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre opted to take Paxton out after 89 pitches.
Altavilla allowed a race, without winning, in the sixth inning. He did not walk with anyone, which was nice, but gave a simple producer Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos, not so nice.
Rangers' Delino DeShields opened the seventh inning with (what else?) Cook's right foot. Shin-Soo Choo hit a single, and both runners advanced on a sacrifice by Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
That caused a call to Rzepczynski, the left-handed specialist of the Mariners, to face left-handed Nomar Mazara. Rzepczynski's first pitch connected to the center of the field for a two-run single, tying the score at 5-5.
Rzepczynski intentionally walked to Jurickson Profar, then involuntarily walked to Joey Gallo. That loaded the bases and triggered another call to the bullpen.
Juan Nicasio's first pitch to Chirinos was a double to the right, scoring two runs to give the Rangers a 7-5 lead. In all, the Rangers scored four runs on three hits and three walks by three M relievers in the seventh inning.
Mitch Haniger gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the third when his double-outs double scored Jean Segura.
The Mariners scored three runs in the fourth, benefiting from a pbaded ball and an uncontrolled toss in consecutive pitches by Rangers starter Matt Moore with runners in third.
Ben Gamel's double hit with one out in the ninth made things interesting with Texas keeper Keone Kela. With two outs, Nelson Cruz got a line single off the end of Rougned Odor's glove at second base, scoring Gamel from third base and getting the M's to 7-6.
But Kela closed when he received Ryon Healy, in a 2-0 pitch, to connect to third base.